Shopping With The Stars 2009

Louise Gold appeared as herself one of the ‘Stars’ at Dress Circle on Saturday 16 May 2009, for an event in aid of The Theatrical Guild


The Stars

Michael Ball

Lynda Bellingham

Peter Benson

Jessie Buckley

Clive Carter

Jason Donovan

Michael Elwyn

Alexander Evans

Bridgid Forsyth

Louise Gold

Kaisa Hammarlund

Alexander Hanson

Patricia Hodge

Leanne Jones

Sam Kelly

John McFadden

Sian Phillips

Nigel Planer

Jodie Prenger

Kelly Price

Philip Quast

Ray Quinn

Liz Robertson

Tony Sheldon

Elaine C. Smith

Gay Soper

Alison Steadman

Emma Stephens

Ian Talbot

Hannah Waddingham

Charlotte Wakefield

Paula Wilcox

Dave Willets



Additional Appearances By Chance (Not sure if these count)


James Arnott

Rexton S Bunnet

Julian Bleach

Julius D’Silva

Michael Dartum


Production Team

 Dress Circle’s Paid Staff – Chris, Jessica, Michael, and, Melanie Tranter

Theatrical Guild – Karen Nichols and at least two others

Official Photographer – Roy Tan

Official Press Reporters – TotallyTheatre (including Ian Brown)


For an account of the day please click here.

Louise Gold, Philip Quast, Liz Robertson, and, Ian Talbot had taken part in Shopping With The Stars 2008 at Dress Circle the previous year. Dress Circle staff Chris, Michael, and Melanie had been on duty then too, and Roy Tan had been photographing.

Louise Gold, and, Gay Soper had previously appeared at Dress Circle in the Dress Circle Grand Reopening.

Michael Ball’s television credits include A Week In The West End.

Michael Ball, Alexander Hanson, and, Patricia Hodge may have previously taken part in Thing A Thon.

Clive Carter has previously appeared in My Fair Lady, and, Joseph And The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (York Production). He may have appeared in Comedy Tonight.

Clive Carter may have appeared in Dear Ralph, which Ian Talbot directed.

Jason Donovan has previously appeared in Chitty Chitty Bang Bang.

Alexander Hanson, and, Sian Phillips’s recording credits include Great Duets From The Musicals.

Alexander Hanson, and, Dave Willets’s recording credits include The Great Musicals – Dashing Heroes, Blushing Maidens.

Alexander Hanson, and, Liz Robertson’s recording credits include The Great Musicals – Laughter And Tears.

Patricia Hodge appeared on the radio in Ned Sherrin’s Review Of Revue, for which Rexton S Bunnet was the researcher.

Patricia Hodge appeared in A Love Letter To Dan, and, she may possibly have appeared in Kids At Heart.

Sam Kelly has previously appeared in Something For The Boys.

Sam Kelly, and, Alison Steadman’s film credits include Topsy Turvy, which Julian Bleach was also in.

Sian Phillips’s recording credits include Encore The Very Best From The Musicals, The History Of The Musical, and, Let’s Go On With The Show – Hit Songs From The West End & Broadway.

Sian Phillips, and, Gay Soper’s recording credits include Magic Of The Musicals, and, Let’s Go On With The Show – Hit Songs From The West End & Broadway.

Nigel Planer has previously appeared in Man Of La Mancha, and taken part in Comic Relif 1986, his recording credits include Utterly Utterly Live Comic Relief.

Nigel Planer, and, Dave Willets’s recording credits include The Greatest Musicals Of The 20th Century.

Kelly Price appeared on television in ABBA – The Reunion.

Philip Quast has previously appeared in Curtain Up!, and, Final Chic Cabaret 2003, both at Chichester.

Liz Robertson has previously appeared in The Royal Variety Performance (1982), A Time To Start Living, CLIC’s 18th Birthday Celebration, and, The Radio 2 Arts Programme Chichester Festival 1994. Her recording credits include Cole Porter – Night And Day.

Liz Robertson, and, Dave Willets have previously appeared in Chicago & Company.

Louise Gold, and, Liz Robertson have previously appeared together in: Noel/Cole: Let’s Do It, and, Side By Side By Sondheim, and on the album Noel/Cole: Let’s Do It (Recording). Together they have also appeared in the Side By Side By Sondheim 25th Anniversary Gala, Happily Ever After, and, A Celebration Of The Life And Work Of Dick Vosburgh, in addition they may have taken part in Will Aid.

Liz Robertson, Gay Soper, Ian Talbot, and, Paula Wilcox: have previously appeared in the Regent’s Park 70th Anniversary Gala..

Louise Gold, Liz Robertson, and, Gay Soper has previously appeared in the Side By Side By Sondheim 30th Anniversary Gala.

Elaine C. Smith’s television credits include: Laugh??? I Nearly Paid By Licence Fee, City Lights, and, A Kick Up The Archive.

Gay Soper has previously appeared in a concert of highlights from the Ratepayer’s Iolanthe & Metropolitan Mikado, and The Soap Opera. Her recording credits include Cabaret, and, Centre Stage Showtime!.

Ian Talbot has previously directed A Midsummer Night’s Dream, and, Kiss Me Kate.

Dave Willets’s recording credits include The Great Musicals – Glamour & Majesty.

Michael Ball, and, Philip Quast’s recording credits include 100 Hits Musicals.

Clive Carter, and, Gay Soper’s recording credits include The Great Musicals - From Broadway to Hollywood.

In the past the Theatrical Ladies Guild had several sister charities, one of these was The Music Hall Ladies Guild. A certain incident at one of their fundraising events seems to have inspired the Act 1 finale of the musical One Touch Of Venus (One Touch Of Venue (1992 Production), One Touch Of Venus (2000 Production)), and indeed the fundraising event itself is the party referred to in the tale that Whitelaw Savoury tells at the Art Student’s ball).

Louise Gold, and, Jodie Prenger (along with Julian Bleach, and, Julius D’Silva) were all appearing in Oliver! at the time of this event, and they all sing on the cast album Oliver! (Recording). 



Links about Shopping With The Stars 2009

The Theatrical Guild: and in particular

Stage Beauty’s Article on the history of the Theatrical Guild (originally known as The Theatrical Ladies Guild):

Dress Circle:  and in particular:

The event’s entry on The Philip Quast Guide:  (page details both 2008 and 2009)

Roy Tan’s Official Photographs of the day:, and in particular

TotallyTheatre’s Official report of the day:

  Agency Licensing Campaign (article in The Stage):, and Online Petition (which anyone who supports it can sign): , seeing as Kaisa Hammarlund is among the performers backing this worthy campaign.


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